The boat fits perfectly on the car, but the seats and oars have to go inside. Joel and Walt set off for their maiden voyage and launched the boat just a few miles up the river above the Leaburg Dam. I followed them and put in my Kayak and trailed along behind them. The guys were having a great time fingering out how to use the boat in the river. When the anchor was lowered to see how the boat would do, the current caught the boat just right and flipped it over and dumped Joel and Walter and belongings in the cold river water. It was a good thing everyone had PFD on! The water was really, really cold and it took all three of us about 30 minutes to get the boat flipped right side up. The anchor was stuck and Joel had to cut it loose and the casting bar was also stuck and wouldn't release. I can't emphasize how important it is to wear your PFDs when on the water. They were in calm, flat water with the boat flipped. Sadly, the next day, a father and his adult son who were paddling in a canoe not far from us flipped over and the father parished. The father was not wearing a PDF. So be sure and wear those Personal Floating Devices!!
On a lighter note, a few days later Joel and I put our Kayaks in the water just below the Leaburg Dam and floated by the Reim's house. Walt was on the deck and took some great pictures. Below we are checking out the best route through some minor rapids.
Wow, that was fun!!
We beached our kayaks on the little beach across from the Reims. That's their house and the fishing platform. There is a huge drop off on the banks so there is no way to launch or dock the kayaks there. We have to go about 1/2 mile down river to a ramp.
Joel has been too busy to put the sea eagle in the river and the weather has been raining, raining, and more raining. Stay tuned for the next clear day!